Documentaries on Everything

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but I’m as psyched as if I’d struck gold….what I’ve found is a site with reams of documentaries on all kinds of topics. So, I’ll list a few that are relevant to this blog:

Religion and Spirituality

The History of Angels

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

Mysteries of the Bible

The Story of God

Psychology

Pleasure and Pain

Human Instinct

The Secret You – on human awareness

Brain Story

Somewhere in Between

Mystical Brain

Life After Life

Secrets of the Psychics

Mind you, (I just realized that) there are entire sections on Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Health on the site itself…so, enjoy…you know what I’ll be doing over the next while…:D

The health benefits of art…:)

Ignite Your Life Though Action

My recent travels into researching therapies to help a friend recover from a stroke have yielded some interesting results. Art appreciation was recommended by research conducted at the University Tor Vergata School of Nursing in Rome. Compared were stroke survivors who enjoyed art and their quality of life after a stroke and those who did not. The numbers from the 192 study participants were a fairly equal split. Art in this study was described as music, painting, theatre. Recovery outcome for art lovers was described as:

“…of positive physical and mental health benefits. They had more energy, better general health and improved mobility. They were also happier, less anxious or depressed and had better memory and communication skills”.

If this does not sound positive enough, lead author Dr. Ercole Vellone, assistant professor in nursing science at the University Tor Vergata, said:

“The results underscore the value of lifelong exposure to…

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Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Yes, slowly but surely there begins a recognition that what gets called mental illness cannot be explained with the bio-medical model.

From The Wilson Quarterly an article well worth reading with the recent history of how that which is called mental illness is considered in society and how that is changing since the psychopharmacological era has clearly failed:

In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure. (read it here)

We are in the midst of a revolution in how those labeled with mental illness are understood and cared for. Many will remain stuck in the bio-medical model but the fact is the tide keeps turning and it’s wonderful to watch it happen. More and more people are…

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